Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE)
Consumer Analyst Group of Europe Conference
March 21, 2012 11:15 a.m. ET
John F. Brock – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
William W. Douglas III – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
John F. Brock
Thank you, very much Ian and good afternoon everyone. I am pleased to be here today to tell you little bit about an overview of Coca-Cola Enterprises including our goals and objectives as well as to answer some questions.
As you just heard, joining me today are Bill and Thor. Bill will also talk about some of our financial highlights in a few minutes. Before we begin, I would like to remind you that today’s event will contain forward-looking comments that I’d ask you to consider in conjunction with the cautionary language in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the subsequent SEC filings and a copy is available on our website.
As you know, in October 2010, we completed a transaction with the Coca-Cola Company and it literally transformed Coca-Cola Enterprises into the company that we are today. We sold our North American operations and at the same time we acquired the Coca-Cola Company’s bottling operations in Norway and Sweden. This created a new CCE that today is the preeminent Western European Coca-Cola bottler and one of Coke’s largest bottling partners.
In the process, we unlocked significant shareholder value. We have established a company that is truly focused on driving growth and creating value. We will discuss how we will continue to accomplish these goals and how we will do so in a way that’s both most socially and environmentally responsible.